The Jacksonville Jaguars should pass up this pair of offensive tackles.
This entry may feel like cheating, but the Jaguars need to avoid this pair of former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackles. Early in March, general manager Brett Veach talked about Eric Fisher’s and Mitchell Schwartz’s role with the team in 2021 and hoped they would be available for training camp. However, they pulled a 180-degree turn and announced they have released both Fisher and Schwartz.
Although Veach said the decision to move on from the duo wasn’t easy, the moves freed up $18.25 million in cap space. Putting aside the fact the Chiefs needed some breathing room, they should be able to replace both offensive tackles. However, other teams should err on the side of caution when evaluating them.
Fisher, the first overall selection in 2013’s draft, tore his Achilles in 2020’s AFC Championship and will need time to recover before he can take the field once again. Veach said that the two-time Pro Bowl nod could be back for the season opener, but it may not be a smart decision to expect him to be fully healthy by then. The Central Michigan standout has spent his eight-year career in Kansas City, appearing in 117 games, with 113 starts.
On the other hand, Schwartz sustained a back injury that forced him ten games last season. Even though he earned an All-Pro designation as recently as 2018, he recently underwent back surgery. A second-round selection by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, the California product joined the Chiefs in 2016 and has appeared in 134 games over his nine-year career.
There’s an off chance both Fisher and Schwartz play in 2021. Nevertheless, the Jaguars should pass both of them up in free agency.